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Postdoctoral researcher, “3D Visualisation & Interface Design” at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department Literature & Art, Maastricht University 1.0 fte (80% research, 20% teaching), 34 months

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    Maastricht University (UM)
    Cultural studies
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    08/09/2020 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Maastricht


Research project

3D scholarship has reached a tipping point. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research team and collaborate with diverse stakeholders in the Netherlands and beyond to develop the first ever infrastructure for 3D scholarship.

Three-dimensional modelling and reconstructions have been used in the last thirty years across many fields in the humanities and social sciences, however, we still lack the necessary infrastructure to support this form of knowledge production. PURE3D will fill this gap through four key deliverables:

  1. the development of an access infrastructure for viewing interactive 3D models (from single objects to virtual worlds) within the context of a scholarly publication format (3D Scholarly Editions);
  2. a preservation repository to deposit raw files, which, due to their size, format, lack of standards etc., are typically inaccessible to researchers beyond the original creators;
  3. a conceptual and methodological framework for valorising and evaluating 3D scholarship;
  4. a centre of excellence for researchers embarking on 3D scholarship.
  • The infrastructure will address the challenges of long-term preservation and access by archiving models and making the associated data FAIR (in collaboration with DANS) and by developing the infrastructure based on the existing CLARIAH infrastructure. Six pilot projects will be used as test beds:
  •  Vlooienburg Jewish neighbourhood, Amsterdam (4D research Lab/UvA)
  • Rembrandt’s Birthplace, Leiden (Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken)
  • Maastricht 1748 (Gemeente Maastricht)
  • Battle of Mount Street Bridge, Ireland (UM)
  • Collection of mining lamps (Nederlands Mijnmuseum)
  • Collection of modern art (Museum van Bommel van Dam)

Job description

You are expected to conduct research (in consultation with the PI and based on your background and expertise) that will feed into the project; write and co-author academic publications together with other members of the team; and, dedicate 20% of your time to teaching and supervision in the MA Digital Cultures and (possibly) the BA in Digital Society.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated colleague for this two-pronged role. On the one hand, you will lead the conceptualisation and development of the 3D user interface of the infrastructure through wire framing, mock-ups, and stakeholder engagement/feedback events, while on the other, you will be responsible for the digitisation of objects and for their preparation (including virtual worlds provided by project partners) for ingestion into the infrastructure.

The project will take an iterative design/design thinking approach to the development of the infrastructure. Therefore, you are expected to collaborate with the partners (pilot projects, CLARIAH, and DANS), the lead developer, the postdoc and the research assistant at various stages of the project, and obtain feedback (through mechanisms that you will (co-)develop) that will be utilised in the process of development. You will also collaborate with DANS on issues pertinent to FAIR data and archiving and will take the lead in authoring a whitepaper on the peer-review of 3D scholarship.

More Information


We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally-oriented organisation where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct exciting research. The postdoctoral researcher will have the unique opportunity to carry out research within one or more of the four themes within the Arts, Media & Culture research programme. They will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field.

We offer a 1.0fte appointment as postdoctoral researcher for 34 months. The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for the remaining 22 months. Your position of Postdoctoral Researcher (Onderzoeker 3) will consist of 80% research and 20% teaching.

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a gross monthly salary of about € 3.746,00 per month, scale level 11 (based on a full-time appointment).

Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing.

Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.

You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.

Starting date: Not later than 4th of January

Selection process

You are invited are invited to submit:

  1. A letter of motivation (max 2 pg.) summarising relevant experience and reasons for interest in the position
  2. A CV including a complete list of publications
  3. A grade transcript of previous education at Master/graduate level
  4.  PhD degree certificate
  5. Your best article or book chapter, (published or under review) for which you have undertaken a significant part of the research described.

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

The deadline for submitting your application is 8 September 2020

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the department Literature and Art: pzfasosvac-hislk@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Short-listed candidates will be asked to write a research proposal related to the project described above, of max. 1,000 words (further details will be supplied) and provide two references. Interviews will take place in Maastricht and/or via teleconferencing in the second half of September.

Additional comments

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos.

Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to the PI, dr. Costas Papadopoulos: k.papadopoulos@maastrichtuniversity.nl


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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

You will have:

  • A completed PhD in digital humanities (history, heritage, archaeology), computer science, game design, or similar fields in which research was conducted by using computational 3D visualisation methods;
  • Demonstrable knowledge and skills of producing visualisations by means of 3D computer graphics (modelling/reconstruction) and 3D digitisation (photogrammetry/structure from motion);
  • Expertise in real-time/online 3D modelling and publication (webGL, Unity, UnrealEngine, 3DHOP, Sketchfab etc.);
  • Skills and Experience in User Interface design;
  • Excellent organizational skills, plus an open and effective working style;
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English (Cambridge English Proficiency, level C2, oral and written), as demonstrated by academic publications and presentations at national/international conferences.


  •  Experience of doing research that addresses the theoretical and methodological challenges of 3D scholarship;
  • Knowledge of standards and best practices for 3D scholarship;
  • Experience in working with a diverse and inter/multi - disciplinary teams and stakeholders from different fields;
  • Experience of conducting focus groups, surveys, and workshops (both face to face and online) to get feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in teaching at the BA and/or MA level. Holding a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), or equivalent, is a plus. However, if you don’t have one, you will have the opportunity to obtain one during your appointment at UM.

Work location(s)
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Maastricht University
6211 SZ
Grote Gracht 90-92

EURAXESS offer ID: 550011
Posting organisation offer ID: 293674


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